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  Scottsboro/Jackson County: Recreation & Entertainment


Attractions
Scottsboro-Jackson Heritage Center – Open all year long. Housed in a splendid 1880’s Greek Revival mansion known as the Brown-Proctor House, the heritage center complex now includes a museum, the pioneer village called Sagetown, a fascinating collection of Native American tools, Civil War memorabilia, and the 1868 Jackson County Courthouse. For more information, call 256-259-2122.

Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum and Fort Harker – A Union stronghold and fort during the Civil war, today the Stevenson Depot is listed on the national Register of Historic Places and houses artifacts of the lively trade, weary travelers, and bitter conflict brought to the area by the strategic location of the railroad. In June, an old-fashioned festival celebrates its railway heritage with parades, a street dance, story telling, clogging, museum tours, and other period entertainment.

Siege of Bridgeport Re-enactment – The largest re-enactment in Alabama is celebrated every March. Bridgeport brings history alive when hundreds of re-enactors thrill thousands of curious visitors and history buffs with their authentic re-creation (including cavalry charges and multi-cannons firing) of this fateful battle of the Civil War.

Annual Catfish Festival – Held the third weekend in May at County Park in Scottsboro. This annual festival will include a catfish tournament for the kids, arts & crafts show, lots of music and a Catfish Cooking & Grilling Contest.

To find out more about the wilder edge of Alabama contact Jackson County Tourism
Phone: (256) 259-5500; (800) 259-5508
E-mail: tourjackson@scottsboro.org



Recreation

Jackson County Park – 256-574-4719 – Full Service Marina, Restaurant, Lake Swimming, Camping, Birding, Walking Trail, Nature Gardens, Pavilions, Children’s Playgrounds.

69,000-Acre Lake - Several national fishing publications have named our area on the Tennessee River one of the top bass lakes in the nation. And it’s even hosted the National BASS Master’s Tournament. You can do everything from lounging on your pontoon boat, slicing through the water in your personal watercraft, or show off your slalom ski skills on our beautiful, friendly lake.

Goose Pond Colony Resort – A stunning 360-acre complex offering a 16-mile view of the Tennessee River. It also offers lakefront cottages, camp/R.V. sites, fishing, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a top-rated marina, a 900-seat civic center, 1,500-seat outdoor amphitheater, a highly acclaimed area restaurant “The Docks", and two 18-hole golf courses. The Colony Course has consistently received a four star rating from Golf Digest. For more information call 1-800-268-2884 or visit us on the web at www.goosepond.org.

Public & Private Hunting Preserves – The season is long, the scenery amazing, and the variety of game impressive. Waterfowl and whitetail deer are plentiful, while you can also try your aim at other abundant game, including quail (included on the Alabama Quail Trail), dove squirrel, rabbit, and turkey.

Russell Cave National Monument – Located in Bridgeport, the only national monument in Alabama sits at the end of a 12-mile hiking trail surrounded by 310 acres of pristine woodlands. Guests are invited to take a guided tour or permits are available to visit deeper parts of the cave. Admission is free. For more information, call 256-495-2672 or printable travel guide at www.nps.gov/ruca. Having more caves per square mile than any county in America, cave explorers from all over the world come to visit Jackson County’s other 1,500-charted caves.

Cathedral Caverns – Both Native Americans and Confederates soldiers used the cave as a refuge, and Disney used them as a movie setting for Tom and Huck. Near the town of Woodville, AL, Cathedral Caverns was designated as an Alabama State Park in August 2000. For tours and more information, call (256) 728-8193

Buck’s Pocket State Park – A 2,000-acre wild world that runs along the west side of Sand Mountain. Avid hikers will get their thrills climbing to the peak of Point Rock and looking down into the 800-foot Buck’s Pocket Canyon. For more information, call 256-659-2000.

Pisgah Gorge – The Gorge’s three beautiful waterfalls are set against a background of scenic hiking trails. The Gorge is particularly striking in the spring and fall, when wildflowers, changing leaves and our famous Rhododendrons make the fabulous landscape even more dramatic.

The Walls of Jericho – The newest outdoor attraction in Alabama. Over 3.5 miles of well marked hiking trails and ten miles of horse trails lead into the 12,510 acres of natural area that are officially open to outdoor enthusiasts, wildlife observers, and geo-tourists everywhere. The property includes streams such as Turkey Creek and Hurricane Creek that are headwaters of the Paint Rock River, home to 17 varieties of rare mussels. What the visitor receives is extraordinary and pristine beauty in the rock formations as well as the much-anticipated flora and fauna. Some, if not most, are now calling the Walls “The Grand Canyon of the South”. Directions: Coming east from Huntsville or west from the Tennessee line, take U.S. Highway 72 and turn onto AL State Highway 79, which will take you, first through Skyline and then a few miles later through Hytop. After passing through Hytop, look on the left for two gravel parking areas, the first for horses and the next for hikers, each with a yellow gate and an information kiosk. Park there and follow directions on the map at the trailhead. For more information, call Jackson County Tourism at 256-259-5500.

North Alabama Birding Trail – The nine sites of Jackson County. Alabama’s northeastern corner has a wilder edge to it than much of the state. This feeling is magnified by the beginnings of the Appalachian chain rising upward as you head east. Birds known for their vulnerability to disturbance thrive in this corner of the state with Cerulean Warblers nesting in remote valleys, Ruffed Grouse drumming from wooded draws and some incredibly endangered aquatic life hanging on in the Paint Rock River Valley. The unique landscape is pock marked with some of the most important cave systems east of the Mississippi. These caves hold almost all of the Gray Bats in the world and each summer hundreds of thousands can be seen as they leave their roosts and start their evening’s hunting. Although their numbers once declined dramatically careful management is bringing them back from the brink. Click here to see more information (PDF).

– In the Heart of the Lake District – Several national fishing publications have named our area on the Tennessee River one of the top bass lakes in the nation. And it’s even hosted the National BASS Master’s Tournament. You can do everything from lounging on your pontoon boat, slicing through the water in your personal watercraft, or show off your slalom ski skills on our beautiful, friendly lake.

Scottsboro Municipal Park – 256-259-5117 – Boat Ramp, Picnic Area

King-Caldwell Park – 256-259-5117 – Pavilions, Walking Trail

Stevenson Town Park – 256-437-3011 – Boat Ramp, Birding, Picnic Areas, Tennis Courts, Swimming Pool, Great Children’s Playground.

Civitan Park/Pisgah Gorge – 256-451-3232 – Hiking Trails, Birding/Wildflower Trails, Pavilions, Waterfalls.

Bridgeport Railroad Bridge Park (opens Spring 2006) – Walking Trail over the Tennessee River, Pavilions, historical depot.

To find out more about the wilder edge of Alabama contact Jackson County Tourism
Phone: (256) 259-5500; (800) 259-5508
E-mail: tourjackson@scottsboro.org



Shopping
Unclaimed Baggage Center – Located in Scottsboro, you will find the only store like it in America with contents of lost and unclaimed luggage from all over the world – all for sale at a fraction of their original value. The serendipitous collection of goods (over 7,000 new items daily) includes cameras, adult & children’s clothing, jewelry, sporting equipment, luggage, and much, much more. For more information, call 256-259-1525 or on the web at www.unclaimedbaggage.com.



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